Got piles of fresh snow? Got kids home from school? This traditional Maine recipe for Maple Taffy on Snow is the perfect DIY treat! It’s simple to make, but just be forewarned: It can make quite a mess.
Here’s what you’ll need to make maple taffy, a concentrate of pure maple syrup poured over lightly packed snow:
- 8 oz. of pure New England maple syrup
- A small snowball about the size of a teaspoon of vanilla ice cream (for testing)
- A saucepan filled with packed, clean snow or a large scoop of vanilla ice cream (if you’re doing this inside)
Instructions for making Maple Taffy on Snow:
- Pour pure maple syrup into a deep pot, and bring syrup to a boil. If it starts to bubble over, add one or two drops of vegetable oil to the boiling syrup.
- Continue to boil for four minutes, then test the syrup by first pouring a little bit onto the small snowball. If the syrup clings to the snow and stops running, it’s ready.
- Slowly drizzle the syrup in thin lines onto the packed snow that you’ve prepared ahead in a separate saucepan. As the syrup hardens into taffy, scoop it up and eat it with a spoon, or twist it onto popsicle sticks.